Caterham, Marussia referred to FIA after Austin absence


The stewards overseeing this weekend’s United States Grand Prix have referred the Caterham and Marussia F1 Team’s to the sports governing body the FIA following their decision to skip the race at Austin.

While both teams have been given special dispensation to miss this weekend’s event and the following race at Interlagos in Brazil next weekend while they seek investment so to continue to race, the FIA stewards in the United States were insistent that neither team were allowed to be absent as per article 13.2 (f) in F1’s sporting regulations, which states:

“An undertaking by the applicant to participate in every event with the number of cars and drivers entered.”

Although the teams have not been punished for their actions, the matter has been forwarded to the FIA, and president Jean Todt will review the case in due course, with the statement relating to the teams reading:

“Having considered the requirements of article 13 of the 2014 Formula 1 sporting regulations, in particular article 13.2 (f), and the entry form lodged with and accepted by the FIA in accordance with appendix 2 of the sporting regulations, the stewards decide that [the teams are] in breach of the regulations.

“In view of the team’s current financial circumstances, the stewards also decide to not impose any penalty.

“Because of the particular nature of the breach, the matter is referred to the attention of the FIA president.”